ITF006: KOA Kampgrounds and forest fires

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 6

We discussed Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the pluses and minuses of these locations, including the KOA’s we’ve visited: WyomingDevils Tower, Rock Springs/Green River, and Jackson Hole/Snake River.  ColoradoRoyal Gorge/Canon City, Cotopaxi/Arkansas River, Gunnison, and the now defunct Durango North/Ponderosa (now known as the Durango Riverside Resort) and New Castle/Glenwood Springs (now known as Elk Creek) KOA’s.  New MexicoLas Vegas.  ArizonaWilliams/Exit 167/Circle Pines. Continue reading

High Park Fire

UPDATE 7/3/12 5:00pm – The High Park Fire is 100% contained, 87,284 acres were burned.  Most trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas have been reopened.  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have updated their website to show the impact to campgrounds and recreational areas.  You can see it here. Continue reading

Little Sand Fire

UPDATE 6/22/12: The fire has grown to 17,280 acres with 30% containment, growth potential is HIGH.  Cause of fire is lightning.  Evacuations remain in effect for residents of the Weminuche Valley.

A fire in southwest Colorado called the Little Sand Fire is burning about 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO.  It is also not far from where the massive Missionary Ridge Fire burned near Vallecito Reservoir exactly ten years ago. Continue reading

ITF005: Estes Park Campgrounds, Sun Shower, Tent VS Popup VS Hybrid camping

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 5.

Campground review: Estes Park Campground at East Portal Reservoir http://www.co.larimer.co.us/naturalresources/estespark_eastportal.htm Continue reading

Stuart Hole Fire

UPDATE: 4pm Tuesday – Evacuations lifted, night shift working the fire line all night.  Fire kept at 227 acres despite gusty winds.  Containment reported at 45%.

There is a new fire burning in Northeast Colorado, not far from the Hewlett Gulch Fire (which is actually still burning, although controlled).  It’s called the Stuart Hole Fire and is in Larimer County.  Updated info can be found at Larimer County Emergency Information‘s website here.  Currently the fire is about 200 acres and there have been some evacuations. Continue reading